4 Things That Kill Blogging Productivity


For a few months now, I’ve struggled with balancing blogging with my other life responsibilities.  I’ve had a full plate this past year with work, family, and taking classes to renew my teaching license.  I can’t tell you how many times that when I’ve actually had the  time to sit down and blog, I end up with absolutely nothing to show for it.  I chalked up … [Read more...]

Pork Steak and Hidden Valley Potatoes


One good thing about being off work all summer is that I have time to cook like I really want to.  During the week, E.B. and I eat with my parents a few nights and we order pizza one night during the week, so I look forward to the weekends when my husband, who adores being in the kitchen, cooks up my favorite meals.  I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the greatest … [Read more...]

No More Leftovers


Today is the first day of summer vacation for E.B. and I.  He’s been out of school for almost two weeks already, but Friday was my last day of work. Here we sit, side by side, still in our pajamas (with me sans makeup and hair pulled back) at noon.  He begged me to download a game on his computer and watch him play.  I did.  Although I have no idea about the point of … [Read more...]

Summer Fun Musicals and Netflix Giveaway #StreamTeam


There are just some movies from my childhood that still stop me in my tracks and draw me in, no matter how many times I’ve seen them.  One of the very first movies I ever remember watching is the musical Grease.  To this day, I can still remember the words to all of the songs in the movie. At 8 years of age, I can tell you that being a Pink Lady and being super impressed … [Read more...]

Stress Stinks! Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant Review & Walmart GC Giveaway


Ahh.  The end of the school year.  It sounds so easy, like we’re just sliding into home stretch here.  The reality?  Not so much.  Here’s just a few of the things we have (or have had) going on in the past few weeks: Final testing Field trips Awards Days Closing up the library for the school year duties. And?  In the thick of it all, I decided along the way … [Read more...]

Busy May Weekend


I rarely take off work unless I’m really sick or E.B. is sick, but I always set aside two personal days in May to attend a couple of events at E.B.’s school.  With this school year seeming much longer than usual, it felt great to leave work Thursday afternoon knowing I had an extra day to spend time with my family. Thursday evening we headed to Lost Pizza.  Not only does … [Read more...]

Sweeten Up Spring with ChapStick


I have a slight addiction to ChapStick.   It all started on a family trip to the coast a few years ago.  We stopped in a little convenience store and I picked up a tube when I realized I had left my usual lip moisturizer at home.  I chose the Cherry flavor and it smelled great and did the job.  From then on, I never bought anything different.  Ever. That is, until, … [Read more...]

Crosstie Arts & Jazz Festival- 2014


A couple of weekends ago we went to our town’s annual Crosstie Arts & Jazz Festival.  It’s exactly what it sounds like;  live jazz music, art of every medium for sale (clothing, jewelry, paintings,  pottery, wood, etc.) and many, many fabulous food vendors all on the court house lawn. In my teen years, this was just a fun event to hang out at and to “see and be seen”.   … [Read more...]

Springtime Fun with Julius Jr.


Spring is here and what better way to celebrate with your child than enjoying some fun episodes of Julius Jr. Hopefully the snow is on the melt wherever you are and you and your child can have some fun dancing to “The Truth Rules” from the episode “Sno No Mo”. Does the springtime rain have you stuck inside? My son spent a rainy Sunday personalizing this Julius Jr. … [Read more...]

My First Scholastic Book Fair


Although I have been an elementary school librarian for six years,  two weeks ago I held my first ever Scholastic Book Fair.   I’d always wanted to do a book fair, but didn’t think I could quite guarantee it would be a success.  We are bursting at the seams in terms of available space in our school, so I had no idea where I would set up a huge book fair with … [Read more...]